Visiting the U.S. for the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Donald Trump in New York today to discuss their nations' alliance and prospects for peace in the Middle East. The Times of Israel's Raphael Ahren reports that Trump spoke promisingly of the peace plan he will offer in the coming months:
“I like the two-state solution,” Trump told reporters at a press gaggle with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. “That’s what I think works best. I don’t even have to speak to anybody, that’s my feeling...”
Asked by reporters Wednesday when his administration would present its long-awaited peace plan, he said he expected it to be unveiled within two to four months.
“I want a plan that’s solid, understood by both sides, really semi-agreed by both sides before we present. I would say two-three-four months,” Trump said.
“I think a lot of progress has been made. I think Israel wants to do something. I think Palestinians want to do something. It will start moving pretty soon, pretty rapidly,” he said...
Trump characterized a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians as “a dream of mine,” saying he hopes “to be able to get that done prior to the end of my first term. We’ll do other things in my second term.”
He also insisted repeatedly that the Palestinians, who have boycotted his administration since he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, will return to the negotiating table...